23.09.2019

RBS EMEA PARTICIPATES IN EU PROJECT "ITERMINALS 4.0"

The project focused on digitisation of port operations and adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies within the container-handling sector has been launched with its first meeting.

The iTerminals 4.0 - Application of industry 4.0 technologies towards digital port container terminals’ project comprises a study with pilot deployment in real operations at European port-container terminals.

Coordinated by the Fundación Valenciaport and funded by the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) programme of the European Commission, the project stems from the idea that the port industry is not taking advantage of the benefits and impacts derived from the digital transformation due to the low degree of implementation of technologies and digital solutions.

Members from nine European countries are represented in the project. In addition to RBS EMEA, Terminal Link, PSA, Bollore, TBA, Cargotec, Konecranes, Hyster-Yale, ZPMC, Prodevelop, Kho Management and Fundacion ValenciaPort are also taking part. Together with the terminal operators, RBS EMEA develops pilots to apply TIC4.0 standards and implement these as part of iTerminals 4.0.

Big benefits

A wide range of transversal benefits is expected from the digital transformation of container port operations in terms of operational efficiency increase, safety and (cyber) security improvement, costs reduction and carbon footprint decrease.

New IoT solutions and operational pilots will be developed and performed at eight strategic container terminals based on eight core network ports of the Trans-European Transport Network: Antwerp, Rouen, Malta, Thessaloniki, Dunkirk, Montoir, Sines and Genoa.

Pilot activities will serve to improve, adapt and demonstrate the proposed solutions in order to test their feasibility and sustainability as well as their benefits before deploying them on a large scale.

The project will test and evaluate advanced Industry 4.0 pilots applied to the operational environment of port-container terminals including the upgrade of port equipment’s sensor networks, the design of advanced big data and predictive analytics, the application of artificial intelligence as well as the provision of business intelligence models and real-time dynamic KPIs reporting.

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